It’s Alive!

That right guys, the MX-5 is alive!

I received an SMS 1 hour before I finished work today, it was from Anth, ” the car is almost ready to go”, so excited the remaining hour felt like forever.

Anyway, 4 o’clock finally arrived, and I was out the door, and on the way to Dahtone Racing.

So, I haven’t seen the car in a few days, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how the progress went.

Anth said to me, “we’ll start the car tonight” my eyes literally glowed, the amount of excitement I had was unbelievable.

We had a few hiccups to before that perfect crank of the key, it started!, but was running in limp mode “Oh shit!” I thought, what could it be?

Turns out somethings going on with the Piggyback, it seems to respond on the reds, but when the engine is running it doesn’t respond. So for now we bypassed it to see how it ran … Perfect!

The sound emitted from the exhaust was amazing, it’s extremely loud, yet beautifully crisp thanks to that incredible RS*R muffler. The N power headers really beef up the tone of the car too.

Anthony wanted to make sure the gearbox wasn’t a “dud”, so he went through all the gears and it all went smoothly.

There are a few little bits and pieces left, which will all be completed tomorrow. I can’t wait!

This is how the engine bay currently looks, if I do end up getting the Bomex bumper, I will probably make a duct for the Flow Stack to the passenger side inlet.

Till Tomorrow guys!


To Bomex, Or Not To Bomex …

Well, I’ve been thinking long and hard about this, and I can’t really make my mind up!

I’ve been wanting to Bomex the MX up for quite some time, hell I wanted to do so before I bought the OEM gear, but for some reason I always JUST managed to resist the urge to do it, but guess what, that urge is back!

Thing is, I don’t want to get just the front bumper, I don’t like how there is a massive gap from the front flowing to the OEM side skirts. I’d be looking at getting some (either) matching Bomex, or Mazdaspeed side skirts.

Example below.

Looking at this picture long and hard, the Bomex front bumper is very similar to the factory setup, however it has more of an aggressive edge to it.

Considering the GV eyelids are coming to town very shortly, if I do follow through with the Bomex, my car will end up looking very similar to Urban’s dope NB.

Urban’s NB looks mega aggressive thanks to the pair. Driving shots + Bomex = Epic Win!

I’ve been chassis low for quite a while now, it’s fun and all, but I don’t really want to smash-up my oil pan anymore (especially at National Park!). Considering the new wheels are 16 inch, and I want to get a little more clearance (Chassis wise at least) for true spirited driving without worrying about glitches on the road, I think I will go the Bomex. Oh, and the car may look too high with the 16’s and OEM kit.

But what do you guys think? start voting!

R.I.P K11, You Were Good To Me.

Some may know that I owned a slammed K11 micra as my daily driver, however I sold it to get the Roadster back on the road.

Anyway, I sold him last weekend to a close friend of mine, all was well until I received an SMS about 10 minutes ago, here goes.

“Hey bro, I got some really bad news. On saturday morning I had a massive car crash in the micra … it’s a complete write-off”.

When I recieved this SMS, my heart sunk. I thought I had let go of the micra, i had bigger and better things on my mind, but obviously not.

Edit: Another SMS has been recieved, now this one makes me pretty angry.

“This rotary was coming up the road an he was snappin 3rds, and his rear axle snapped. He lost a wheel, went sideways and smashed right into me. I was parked on the side of the road.”

The amount of stupid shit people do isn’t funny, this moron being a hero is lucky no one is seriously hurt. My mate has a few cuts, bruises and the like from the impact. I hope this idiot looses his licience for being such a nub! Seriously not cool!

Some of the parts are salvagable, like the Coilovers and Wheels, so Adam plans to jump back on the horse and search for another micra.

you can find all the high’s and low’s i’ve had with the K11 below.

Micra … “Woggie”, you will be missed, R.I.P.

Roadster Of The Week – Rolands Roadster

Gracing the pages this week is one very wild and unique Roadster.

Roland from the U.K has basically hand-built this NA6 from scratch, He chose all the parts he wanted on the car, and moulded them to form a unison with the Roadster. Almost nothing on this example has been left stock.

It all started when Roland got the his hands on the Roadster back in 2002. Back then it was pretty standard, and sunlight silver in colour. 8 years on, and this is the result!

The busty appearance of the MX-5 is thanks to the BRS Autodesign flares, blended into the body work, among the Bomex side skirts, RS Aizawa front bumper and Custom made short rear bumper with diffuser.

The arches are filled by Borbet type A’s, measuring in at 16×9 at the front and a whopping 17×10 at the rear.

Thats an interesting looking hardtop, isn’t it folks? Some of the cluey readers may realise that it’s an Autokonexion fast back attached to the hardtop, the whole hardtop and fast back has been fixed to the body of the car.

Even more impressive, Roland decided to convert the ordinary hardtop into a targa top.

Its things like this, that sets this Roadster apart from the rest.

The insides of this Roadster have been seriously revamped, with a lot of custom bits and bobs. Quilted roof lining, shift surround, switches, consoles, even a custom compartment housing a CD/DVD/Radio system including a PC monitor.

Roland hasn’t neglected the engine on his MX, it’s been tastefully upgraded with an ARC induction pipe, bigger radiator, bigger ignition leads and a St. May exhaust system.

Next on the cards for the “MX-5 Fastback” is a set of Axis Racer X 15×8 -25 offset wheels. Roland would also love to put a V8 in the fastback one day, that would really complete the package!

Congrats Roland, your this weeks ROTW!

The Hard Yards

What a hectic two days I’ve had, I kinda don’t know where to start!

Yesterday at 3pm, I knocked off work to get some bits and pieces together for the Roadster, I needed some tyres, a water pump, and a timing belt kit. Then I needed to head up to Craved Coatings and grab the engine cover.

So I rang up my local Repco and luckily they had one in stock.

Direct replacement, went on no hassles. I also needed/wanted a timing belt kit including tensioners, luckily for my, my workplace creates such things and with my hefty discount, I got it quite cheap.

After a bit of playing around with the car, the engine cover was ready for pick up, so off I went to Craved Coatings, and the end result speaks for itself.

While Anth was packing up last night, i managed to polish the newly acquired cam covered bolts … messy job but it was worth it.

We ended up leaving the shop last night at 1am, but that wasn’t the end of the night for me, I still needed to paint my thermostat housing!

So Today was another jam-packed day. Both Anth’s and I spent a good 6 solid hours on the car today, touching up various things. We fitted the water pump, timing belt, covers, most of the manifold etc.

So long story short, a lot of work was done tonight, and the car is roughly 80% complete. We still need to change the engine oil, brake fluid and some wiring. The Gearbox and Diff have been filled with Redline Lightweight shockproof oil. We still need to hunt down a few bits and pieces, but it should be complete next week!

Stay tuned!

Back On Track

Anth started his crafty work on the engine bay today, Removing, and re-routing various wires within the bay.

Heres some quick snaps.

We should be smashing up more of the wiring tomorrow, stay tuned.

Roadster Of The Week – Club Roadster Invasion! Phil’s Flared NA6

It’s that time of the week again, and yet another CR.Net Miata graces the Roadster Of The Week pages.

Phil, bought his Miata 2 years ago, stock as a rock. However, that did not last long at all.

The noticable modifications that Phil have made to his NA, would be the dope 13×8 smoor racing wheels (with 25mm spacers effectively making the final offset negative 25) , and Autokonexion type 1 flares.

I don’t know if you’ve tried ( I know I haven’t) , but I don’t think many cars can actually fit under a Semi Trailer, unless they are pretty damn low, Phil’s NA is just that it’s so low, that it can do this with ease, as you can see. He can thank his Stance coilovers for being able to go so damn low.

The Roadster isn’t all show, he managed to do an 1.8 litre engine swap. Along with that it is running a custom Chikara stainless steel exhaust, intake and Maruha carbon fibre timing cover. Cooling has been aided with a Koyo radiator, Samco silicone hoses and Maruha long stroke thermostat.

In the Interior department, Phil is running a Bride Exas III seat on custom Chikara rails, Nardi steering wheel, NRG quick release and Takata harness.  Shifting is improved by a Fuji Racing short shifter. He also stripped the interior, and installed a harddog DD roll bar, Phil decided to weld it to the car for extra rigidity and reassurance.

Unfortunately Phil needed a daily driver, and he sold this slammed Miata to obtain one. He does hope to get back into a Miata one day though, and I can’t wait to see what he does to the next one. Congratulations Phil, you are this weeks ROTW!